Seattle, WA, September 9, 2020 Outdoor Research, the Seattle-based manufacturer of industry leading outdoor apparel and gear, this month added Sespe Group, a sales agency representing the brand in the Southwest territory, to its team. Sespe Group and founder Chris Morrisette will represent OR in California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. 

“Chris and his team bring a deep bench of knowledge in the outdoor, ski, run and climbing channels, stemming from both extensive experience as a sales team and their personal passion for the space they represent,” said Michael O’Connell, senior sales manager for Outdoor Research. “We’re excited to have them bring their knowledge and talent to representing Outdoor Research in this key territory.” 

Morrisette, based in southern California, grew up in the Southwest, He spent much of his childhood winters in Joshua Tree at his family’s cabin, being exposed to rock climbing before he could walk. In Sespe Group, he has built an agency that includes some of the premier brands in the industry, including Petzl, SCARPA and Farm to Feet. 

The Sespe Group team, also includes Field Representative Wes Jones and support representative Bekka Rosenkrantz.  Jones was born and raised in California and brings over 15 years of rock climbing experience to his role. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a retail sales rep, tech rep and climbing guide. Rosenkrantz was born and raised in the Southwest, and has climbed, mountain biked and hiked throughout the western US and abroad. She is based in the Bay Area home and has taught climbing courses, led adaptive climbing programs and helped host women’s climbing festivals. 

 Chris Morrisette, agency principal, can be reached at 


About Outdoor Research: Outdoor Research® is dedicated to inspiring the journey ahead with award-winning technical apparel and accessories. Based in Seattle since 1981, we are committed to improving our customer’s experience through innovative materials, purpose-driven features, and versatile products that are backed by our Infinite Guarantee®. We rely on the real-world testing of our athlete ambassadors, mountain guides, and local adventurers involved in our core sports: alpinism, rock and ice climbing, hiking, backpacking, paddling, trail running, and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. We’re here for the fun, adventure, excitement, and For the Journey Ahead™. Get to know us at or follow the journey via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.